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CNN PoliticsJul 10, 2020
Georgia governor and Atlanta mayor at odds over coronavirus guidelines
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp slammed Atlanta mayor's decision to roll back the city's reopening to Phase 1, calling it "confusing" and "legally unenforceable," his office said Friday.

The Daily BeastJul 10, 2020
Texas Lt. Governor Is Determined to Sacrifice Everyone but Himself for GOP Convention
Loren Elliott/GettyNobody howled louder than Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick when Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner barred the state GOP from holding its convention there amid a COVID-19 explosion.

"This is nothing but a political hack job by Mayor Turner," Patrick told Laura Ingraham on Fox News.

Patrick failed to mention that he and Gov. Greg Abbott and various other GOP elected officials had earlier opted out of actually joining the 6,000 party stalwarts who signed up for the July 16th gathering at the George R. Brown Convention center. They had instead planned to address the gathering via video.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

California Governor To Release 8,000 People From Prisons Amid Coronavirus Outbreaks (Huffington Post Politics)
West Virginia schools target Sept. 8 for reopening after coronavirus closings, governor says (Fox Politics)

The Daily BeastJul 08, 2020
Georgia Cities in Open Revolt Against Governor Over Masks
Kevin C. Cox/GettyWhen Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she would sign a mask-wearing ordinance Wednesday, she wasn't just protecting her citizens—she was adding fire to a growing revolt over Gov. Brian Kemp's refusal to mandate face coverings in Georgia. 

"Atlanta is going to do it today because the fact of the matter is that COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on our city, specifically black and brown communities with higher death rates," said the mayor, who recently tested positive for the coronavirus, making hers the third and largest city to defy Kemp's orders. 

While Kemp has encouraged Georgians to mask up in public spaces—and even embarked on a "Wear a Mask" campaign to that effect—he has repeatedly said that a mandate is unnecessary and discouraged local governments from instituting them. His latest order, issued as cases in Georgia reached record levels, extended existing COVID-19 safety measures but did not require masks. Previous orders have barred local governments from enforcing public safety orders that exceed the governor's.

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